Cunningtons Solicitors in Wickford
Tel: 01268 732268
Fax: 01268 732274
Solicitors for Conveyancing, Wills & Probate, and Family Law in Wickford
Cunningtons LLP’s Wickford Office was opened in 1989 by our former Managing Partner Paul Fenton, and is now run by Partner Kate Hunt. It is located on Gibraltar Walk, just off the High Street in Wickford. The office provides advice in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing, Family Law, and Wills and Probate.
If you are selling your home, buying a new home, or simply remortgaging your existing home, our firm of residential conveyancing solicitors make sure that all the legal aspects are taken care of. Click here to request a conveyancing quote.
We have a specialist Family Law team help with all aspects of marriage, divorce and civil partnerships – including arrangements for children and finance. We also offer a will-writing service to ensure that your wishes are taken care of.
Partner in charge of the Wickford branch
Kate Hunt is the partner in charge of the firm’s Wickford office. Kate specialises in residential conveyancing.
Kate first joined Cunningtons in 2003 as a paralegal and qualified as a Solicitor in March 2006, becoming a Partner in 2011.
Kate Hunt can be contacted on 01268 732268
Telephone: 01268 732268
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Kate Hunt, the Partner at the Wickford office looks after all aspects of residential property transactions from sale or purchase of both freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and agreed lease extensions.
Wills & Probate
Cunningtons Will drafting service will help you to understand the forms to be completed and make sure final documents are correctly executed, giving you peace of mind that your affairs will be left in order and avoiding complex intestacy problems.
Family & Matrimonial Law
At Cunningtons in Wickford, we offer a Family & Matrimonial service. We can guide you through all aspects of family law including pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, civil partnerships, cohabitation agreements, and childcare arrangements.
More about Wickford and Cunningtons
Cunningtons LLP Wickford offers a dedicated and personalised residential conveyancing service for the local community; we can provide you with a fixed-fee conveyancing quote for your move. We also have a Family Law department in branch, and offer assistance with Wills and Probate. We also work closely with our other branches, so can provide help with Civil Litigation and Employment Law, as well as Commercial conveyancing.
At the Wickford branch, we believe in the traditional approach of an office which thrives on providing the personal touch with each client telephone call being answered by a solicitor or a legal secretary.
We like to bring together the speed and efficiency or the modern world and the Internet with traditional values of decency and politeness. So we conduct searches and enquiries using electronic means, while we prefer face-to-face and voice contact to deal with our clients – the best of both worlds. Clients regularly comment on the friendliness and efficiency of our service.
Our Wickford client base reaches to Southend-on-Sea, Basildon, Rayleigh, Maldon, Brentwood and Grays. However, our conveyancing solicitors are happy to act in respect of properties based in any location within England and Wales.
Cunningtons’ widespread branch network enables a swift exchange of documents as a Wickford client can entrust their documentation to any other branch office and be sure that the documents will be received by their solicitor the next day.
The small south Essex town of Wickford is situated approximately 30 miles east of London, and is close to Billericay, Laindon, Pitsea, and South and West Hanningfield, and is a commuter town with excellent transport links to London. Also nearby is the picturesque village of Battlesbridge, which home to a number of leading antique dealers.
Wickford Property Solicitors: Helping you with the Legal Side of Moving House
Moving house with the help of a professional property expert is crucial these days, although if you are prepared to take the risk and do your own conveyancing, please go ahead! Most people don’t want to gamble with the sale or purchase of their most valuable asset, and we are trained experts who know how to ensure that everything goes smoothly.Click here to order your free fixed-fee conveyancing quote
Conveyancing for Buying
When you have signed up with Cunningtons as conveyancing solicitors for purchasing your property, we start by:
- contacting your seller’s solicitor to check the title deeds,
- running required searches,
- arranging finance with your mortgage company to confirm the money is in the correct place, and
- reporting to you with all the documents that need your signature.
Then, when contracts have been exchanged:
- we make sure the deposit money is in the right place,
- prepare all the completion papers and statements,
- submit the ‘certificate of title’ to your lender,
- make sure all search information is received,
- then make sure that money from the mortgage lender is in the correct account.
Finally, it’s time for completion. That means:
- we make sure all the money has been paid to the seller’s solicitors in exchange for the deeds and documents,
- resolve the account with you,
- pay any stamp duty,
- and finally, register you as the property’s new owner with the Land Registry.
For more information on the buying aspect of the conveyancing process, click here.
Conveyancing for Selling
When it comes to selling your house or flat, the process is slightly simpler, though the legal side is just as important.
When you have signed up with us as your conveyancing solicitors:
- your mortgage company sends us your title deeds, as well as a statement of the amount of money you still owe for your property.
- Your buyer’s solicitor then asks us for any other information they need.
- We then prepare a sale contract with preferred dates to complete – this leads to the Exchange of Contracts.
- The buyer then pays the deposit money into our solicitor account,
- then we get a statement from your mortgage company.
- As your conveyancing solicitor, we receive the money we need to pay your estate agent’s commission fee, and this is all accounted for in your financial statement.
After completion of the sales process:
- we move the money from the sale to you, your estate agent, and your mortgage company.
- We arrange for your estate agent to hand over the keys to your property’s new owner.
- We then send you any remaining money, as well as a statement detailing all the expenses of your sale.
- Finally, we send over the title deeds to the buyer’s solicitors – and your property is sold.
For more information on the selling part of the conveyancing process, click here.
Conveyancing for Remortgaging
When you remortgage, you still need to make sure the legal side is taken care of to ensure your house or flat is secure.
Our conveyancing service has you covered here too.
Your named solicitor receives your title deeds, as well as a copy of your title from the Land Registry – they then run up-to-date searches as required.
Your lender then sends your solicitor your new mortgage offer, and you get sent the mortgage deed to sign.
They arrange to receive the money from your new loan and get an updated account of your loan amount. One or two final search checks, then your remortgage is complete – the remaining money goes into the correct accounts and your remortgage is registered with the Land Registry.
For more information on the remortgaging side of the conveyancing process, click here.
Wickford Family Law solicitors
We are aware that if a relationship doesn’t work out the people who suffer the most are children, and our team is focussed on ensuring that children are at the heart of any separation. This includes ensuring that contact between both parents and children is taken care of appropriately.
As an obvious offshoot of our divorce service, we provide help to assess the financial implications of a split – the costs of ending a relationship can make life difficult.
We also assist with the legal side of adoption and guardianship.Contact the Wickford Family Law team for a confidential chat
Wills and Probate
Everyone needs an up-to-date Will, although many want to wait until they are just about to die. No-one knows when they will need their Will, but dying without a simple Will is very unfair to those who care for you – and dying intestate makes a bad situation even worse.
At Cunningtons in Wickford we can help you make your Will, store it (included in the price), and assist with probate when it needs to be executed. We also assist with deputyships, advance directives, and lasting powers of attorney, as well as planning for inheritance tax and setting up trusts.So don’t leave it any longer: contact us about your Will today. It won’t kill you
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions that our Wickford branch gets asked: if you need an answer to a question that is not on this list, please contact us for an answer.
Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring property, and it happens whenever UK property is bought, sold or remortgaged.
The conveyancing process for each transaction is different, and generally involves liaising between buyers, sellers, mortgage companies, local councils and the Land Registry.
If you are buying property:
We contact the seller’s solicitors to check the title deeds and contract, then conduct a variety of searches depending on the location, check the formal mortgage offer, collect together documents that require signing, organise the handing over the deposit, ensure all monies are in the right accounts, arrange completion of sale, ensure the correct stamp duty is paid, instruct the land registry of the change in ownership, then send the deeds to either the buyer or the mortgage lender.
If you are selling property:
We obtain the title deeds and up-to-date information from the Land Registry, arrange the contracts that outline the sale, liaise with the buyer’s solicitors, find out the balance on your mortgage if necessary, send deeds for signing, arrange for estate agents’ fees to be paid, collect all funds due to the seller, submit statements and send dees and keys to the new owner.
If you are remortgaging:
We obtain the title deeds and up-to-date title copy from Land Registry, deal with any searches, receive mortgage offer, ask you to sign mortgage deed, arrange for the delivery of the new loan, get up-to-date statement from current lender, run searches at the Land Registry, receive the loan and repay existing mortgage, and register the new mortgage with the Land Registry.
In brief, conveyancing has a number of stages and differs according to the purpose of the transaction, the finances of the buyer/seller/remortgager, the geographical location of the property, and the number of other transactions in the chain.
Talk to your conveyancing solicitor throughout the process and they’ll keep you up to date with this important process.
When you use a solicitor for conveyancing you can be sure that they are regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), a member of the Law Society, have degree-level qualifications and at least two years on the job training before qualifying as a conveyancing solicitor.
Whereas a conveyancer tends to be regulated by the Council for Licenced Conveyancers (CLC) and is usually less highly qualified, although can still be perfectly competent.
The standard searches your conveyancing solicitor undertakes are:
– local authority,
– water/drainage, and
There are a number of other searches to undertake depending on the locality of the property. For example, in mining areas a mining search is also always obtained. There may also searches for Gypsum in areas where gypsum mining has taken place, Lead Mining, China Clay, and Limestone.
Check with your property solicitor to find out which searches they are intending to undertake.
All our conveyancing quotes are free and you are not obliged to use our conveyancing services.
However, we have found that most people who receive a quotation for our conveyancing services are happy to use us and remain loyal customers for future moves!
The short answer is yes.
When dealing with leasehold transactions, there are many more things to check during the conveyancing process, including ground rent, service charges, licences under the Lease and leasehold covenants (obligations).
For this reason we charge an additional fee for dealing with leasehold transactions.
We do not generally recommend using an online conveyancer; although you often pay a lower fee, the level of service will also be lower.
You will rarely speak to the same person twice, and you have to be wary of the extras they add on.
When you are dealing with something as valuable as your home, it is important not to take risks. And the potential small savings to be made by using online conveyancing don’t add up – yet. You should meet the solicitor who is working on your case face-to-face.
With such large amounts of money changing hands, there can be attempts to steal them in transit.
It is easy to avoid fraud if you follow simple rules:
1 – Never ever disclose bank account details by email.
2 – Never pay money into an account whose details you have received by email.
3 – Both you and your solicitor should pay into accounts whose details you have received by phone or in person.
4 – Ideally, test the veracity of bank account details by making an initial payment of £1 – which you then verify by telephoning your conveyancing solicitor – before paying any more.
As most home moves depend on a number of different factors, it is impossible to predict how long your conveyancing will take. However, on average the process will usually take about 8 weeks for a freehold property, and slightly longer for a leasehold.
But as there can be a number of transactions going on at the same time, usually with a chain of strangers all buying and selling their homes and getting mortgages in place – the process rarely depends on just one person.
That’s why moving home is a great time to practice calm and patience, as it is out of your control.
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Kate Hunt is the Partner in Charge of the Wickford branch. Find out more about her.